Useful Yoga Links
(I have some links on my facebook page but due to popular request after talking about great local retreats, I've added the address below. This is a work in progress so let me know of any suggestions and I will add them below so we can share :)
Follow or visit yogainhornsby on facebook if you want to have a look at yoga related posts that might interest you or receive any updates or additional posts now and again. I'm not that active online so this will be VERY occasional!
www.stretchnow.com.au - where I source my props
Retreats near Sydney:
I've heard good feedback on the above but would like to try Swami's yoga retreat in Kenthurst. Let me know if you have been to any that you'd recommend.
New Zealand - www.anahata-retreat.org.nz
Tasmania - www.shyam.net.au
Victoria - www.yogavic.org.au
Great podcasts: Dharma Seed, Tara Brach, Petrea King, Jack Kornfield, Yoga Talks, From the Heart conversations with yoga girl
Great apps: Sattwa, Headspace (both of these I have heard have some mindfulness meditations, relaxations, music, etc that I have heard are good. Gaia has daily practices you can do from home too, Yoga Studio, Daily Yoga, Yoga Down Dog, Yoga for Beginners
Books: Patanjali's sutras (many translations to choose from), Autobiography of a Yogi by Parammahanoa Yogananda, Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle, Buddhism for mothers by Sarah Napthali, 5 languages of love by Chapman, A lamp in the darkness by Jack Kornfield is helpful with grief, Yoga with Attitude complied by Swami Vimalratna, Four Chapters on Freedom & Sure Ways to Self-Realization by Swami Satyanada Saraswati, Quotes and poems including Rumi, Lao-Tzu, Patanjali, Gandhi, Buddha, Sai Baba, William Blake. Books or audios on archetypes etc by Carolyne Myss, Louise Hay, I love all the Satyananda books though they may be a bit heavy - more for yoga teachers - just ask if there's something specific you are interested in. There are so many...
This helps you to see if your healthfund covers yoga but this is only until May 2019. Hopefully this will come back atleast for yoga therapy.
The tools yoga has to offer for ANY negative response to stress are AMAZING. We actually have a way to rewire our brain and create positive habits. Yoga can help overcome negative behavioural habits from relationship dynamics (which is most of us and a biggie) to drug and alcohol addiction which is more common that you'd think. I have been asked to share this link for it's great resources useful for anyone suffering from addiction or getting stuck in negative responses to stress, anxiety etc. Yoga includes some useful meditative techniques that help retrain our minds/rewire the brain, helping to change habitual patterns/cycles by using awareness and attitude of the Witness and opposites and presence of mind. I offer practices which help you to do this. A few private sessions can be useful if you want to learn some tools and know how to do this yourself although I do occasionally use certain tools in the general classes too as they benefit us all. The link above has some interesting information about how yoga has been found to be helpful with managing addictive behaviour which applies to any habit we want to break. We use yoga and mindfulness and meditative practices to change negative behaviour and habits into positive. It's so exciting.
My favourite teachers who have inspired me :)
Jayne Stevenson and Dr Swami Shankardev - Big Shakti - 2003-current
Deva Maya - beautiful go to teacher whilst student at Ashram from 2003-2010
AtmaRatna - my local yoga teacher while studying - 2003-2010
Anne Sharpen - my Hatha yoga teacher (Tibetan Aranya order) - 2006-2010
Sal Flynn, Annette Loudon - Yoga Therapy Mentors